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Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering (2011)

29-12-2014, 18:14
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Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering (2011)

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering (2011)

Artist: Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Title Of Album: In The Time Of The Great Remembering
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Audio Blood Media Inc.
Genre: Blues, Indie Folk, Singer Songwriter
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 43:40 Min
Total Size: 107 Mb | 273 Mb


1. Southbound
2. Beautiful
3. Seed of Love
4. Conduit
5. Drift Apart
6. Rest Your Head
7. Down to the River
8. Bang to Break the Drum
9. Leave Me Longing
10. Stranger

Ben Caplan is an East Coast singer/songwriter with a storyteller’s pen, a flair for the dramatic and a talented Gypsy-influenced team called the Casual Smokers. His theatrical lyrics, barroom arrangements and bushy, unkempt beard practically beg for descriptors like “gruff,” “raw” and “bourbon-soaked,” but his eclectic, European blues-folk is held together by vocals that channel Tom Jones as much as Waits. Breaking between guitar, banjo, piano, and melodica, Caplan’s stage show is almost reminiscent of a burly and bearded Freddy Mercury.
Flawlessly mixing banjo, clarinets, violins, beards and vocals into a smoother shot of Canadian Whiskey than ever before, Ben Caplan premier album In the Time of the Great Remembering is a shot of refreshing material.
Caplan’s lyrical genius comes out in songs like “Beautiful” and “Rest your Head,” being some of the softer tracks on the album as well. Songs like “Drift Apart” and “Leave me Longing” contiune on in this tradtion, having a more sombre tone to them. Consider these the “chaser” part of the album.
Songs like “Conduit” and “Stranger” are the scraggly, whisker-like songs of the album, with Caplan howling through the night at the moon. Heftier and rougher than his beard, this is the ‘whiskey’ portion, leaving a sweet burn in your ears after listening. If you combine the Boogie man from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Bourbon whiskey, you’ve got the vocals on these tracks.
There’s no chaser required with this shot, as Caplan manages to combine his harsh, raspy voice perfectly with the music of The Casual Smokers, moving from soft to harsher songs all throughout the album. In the Time of the Great Remembering is like a musical Yin and Yang, the perfect balance between the harsh burn and the softness that comes afterwards.

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